MV wins 5th straight title; Alexander is medalist for 3rd time


Mt. Vernon, 2014 Hancock County Golf Champions. Austin Alexander (far right) medalist for third straight year. Brian Harmon photo/Daily Reporter.

GREENFIELD — Tall and long-armed, Austin Alexander could be mistaken for basketball player.

The Mt. Vernon senior chooses to focus on golf. But he took a NBA mentality into the Hancock County Golf Championship on Tuesday at Arrowhead.

“I kind of put myself into the perspective of the Indiana Pacers,” Alexander said. “They didn’t really step up in postseason enough, and this is our postseason. This is where it starts.

“I needed to step up, and hopefully I can carry on through sectionals.”

Less than a week from the start of the state tournament, Alexander went LeBron James on the county golf field, claiming his third straight individual crown.

Alexander fired a 2-over 72 to edge Greenfield-Central’s Adam Casto (74), MV’s Oliver Mast (76) and New Palestine’s Brady Elliott (78) for top honors.

“Mentally it was, ‘I’ve won it twice, I have to come in and win it again,’” Alexander noted. “I didn’t win it my freshman year, I tied for second. But, it’s my senior year.”

Alexander’s recent county links dominance is surpassed only by the Marauders’ team mastery.

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